||A CENTURY IN JACKSON HOLE
Who are the Dornans
Who are the Dornans?
The Dornans homesteaded Jackson Hole in the early 20th century, and as traffic picked up to the Tetons and Yellowstone, John P. Dornan started a roadside business to serve visitors with gas, beer, and food. JP had married a 'local gal' named Ellen Jones, whose family homesteaded in the 1910s near the town of Jackson, and together they created our heritage. For more than 100 years, JP & Ellen -- and their children--and their grandchildren--and their great-grandchildren continue to grow the business to include vacation cabins, adventure sports equipment rentals, retail stores, two restaurants, and a world-class wine store. Huntley re-joined us in 2014 as our CEO. Richard has been President for the last 50 years or so, and they keep us all in line and moving forward!
We homesteaded in 1922
We started with dude cabins in 1930
Then we started the current Trading Post building in 1941 and finished in 1947
We added a bar in 1955 where the current deli is located
We added a new bar/wineshop/restaurant in 1978.
We added Adventure Sports in 1982.
We added a gift shop in 1987.
We have rented space to Barker-Ewing Scenic Trips since 1989.
We have rented space to Moosley Mountainering since 1990.
We replaced our cabins in 1992.
We added a web site in 1996.
We added a fishing shop in 1996.
We started the Pizza Pasta Company in 1997.
We added the PPC side deck in 1999.
We have rented space to Snake River Angler since 2000.
We added a coffee cart in 2002.
We added an ice cream cart in 2006.
We added Stand Up Paddle Boards to our Rental Program in 2009
We re-furbished our cabins in 2010.
We re-furbished the family house for rental use in 2011.
We re-furbished the family guest house for rental use in 2012.
We installed a new Boardwalk and privacy fence in 2013.
We hosted a web cam in 2014.
We start the management transition to another generation with Huntley as CEO in 2014
We rearranged the Pizza Pasta kitchen in 2015
We redid the porch in front of Snake River Angler & Mooseley Mountaineering in 2015
We added a storage area at the CW Pavilion in 2015
We added a 'cafe' area to the Espresso/Ice Cream area in 2015
We re-arranged the Trading Post and Deli in 2016
Today, our family members still get up early, and stay late; to serve your needs, whether you're traveling through or coming to stay with us. Come say hi!
Folks have asked who is who in the family. So, I'll try to give some information.
Evelyn Dornan homesteaded the property in 1916.
Her son Jack came in 1920 and stayed.
'Jack' Dornan married a local girl in 1927-- Ellen Jones, whose father homesteaded in 1906-- and they had seven children.
ROBERT married Patricia and had two sons. R. Grant & Earle.
R. Grant married Carolyn Drumm and had two children: Zachary & Chelsea
Zach is going to college in Wyoming
Chelsea is in college in Oklahoma
Patricia & Robert have passed away.
Earle married Jacque Johnson, but has since gotten divorced, and has not had children. Jean Macheledt is his partner.
JOHN married Nancy and did not have children.
VIRGINIA married 'Bud' Gurney, and had four children.
Jonathan married Linda, and have not had children.
Steven was married but has gotten divorced; his children are Amber and Kellen; Steven and Amber have passed away.
Bruce was married but has since gotten divorced, has two daughters Lauren & Morgan. Lauren was married to Michael Rybol, and has gotten divorced.
Sarah has a lovely son Cole.
Virginia has passed away.
DAVID married Reade and had two children: Wythe and Ellen K.
Wythe married Brian, and they have both passed away.
Ellen K. lives in New Mexico with her family, Craig, Rapture Boogie, and Solis Lumen.
RICHARD married Ellen Wilson and adopted her two children. Will & Mary Jo.
Will was married to Erica and had a daughter Danielle, he has since gotten a divorce and married Mandy and they have Sam, Margaret, Ruth, and Cecil, and are living in Kelly.
Mary Jo married Michael and had Mariah, Ben and Michael, she has gotten a divorce and married Paul Pollard, and a new child; and spends time between St. Louis, and Kelly.
Richard and Ellen have since divorced and he is married to Tricia.
RODNEY then married Joanne and had two children D. Huntley & Conrad.
Rodney and Joanne have since divorced and he married Carol.
Rodney has passed away.
Huntley married Courtney, and got divorced, he is our CEO.
Conrad is a hair designer in New York City, and has his own Salon 'Seerads' in Jackson.
HARRY passed away while still young.
Stop by or give a call to say Hi!!
This spring you will see Huntley, Dick, Tricia, and Earle, working at Dornans. Also, Carol lives on the property, and David & Reade have a home in Jackson on property Uncle Harry homesteaded. Conrad has moved back to the Valley part-time. During the year other family members visit.
So as you can tell - the Dornan family keeps involved in the business.
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